The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Cops Net Guns That Killed Rhino

A major operation in a private sanctuary in Naivasha saw police net two AK47 rifles and tens of bullets. Over thirty rounds of ammunition were recovered during the operation conduced by police and KWS officers in Oserian Sanctuary.

It's believed that the guns were the ones used by a group of poachers to kill a rhino in the sanctuary last month. According to an impeccable source, the officers were tipped off by an informer who had information about the weapons.

"The first weapon was found near the scene of the attack and a major operation started for the second weapon," said the source. He said that police got more information on the whereabouts of the second weapon and on moving to the ground they found it there.

"There was also an empty magazine as during the attack there was a heavy shoot-out between the poachers and the security officers," he said. Confirming the incident, Naivasha OCPD Charles Kortok said that in the first recovery ten rounds of ammunition were nabbed.

"We first recovered an AK47 rifle with ten rounds of ammunition and our officers have picked the second gun," he said. The police boss thanked members of the public for the tip off adding that patrols had been heightened in the lakeside town.

Last month a group of poachers raided the private sanctuary located in North Lake and shot dead a rhino. They escaped with two horns but one was later recovered during an operation that involved officers on the ground and air

. No arrest has been made since then but the source indicated that investigators were following up some leads. "Information we have is that some former government officers could be behind the killing of the rhino and it's a matter of time before we catch up with them," he said.

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